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U.S. defense contractors don’t make a habit of sending “thank you” letters to America’s enemies.

But if they did, the corporate leaders at The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA) might want to look up Vladimir Putin‘s address – before running to the Hallmark store.

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  • Dividend Stocks 2014: 30 New Increases for Yield Seekers

    Dividend stocks 2014 update: With the U.S. Federal Reserve keeping interest rates at rock-bottom levels since 2008, yield-hungry investors have been flocking to dividend-paying stocks.

    "Dividends continue to be one of the few income-generating alternatives to investors," said Howard Silverblatt, senior analyst with S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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  • Best LNG Stocks That Pay a Dividend

    Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to double by 2025, and that has investors looking for the best LNG stocks to buy now.

    But it's not just stock performance that can be enticing for LNG investors. Many LNG stocks offer their shareholders hefty dividend yields as well - some close to 7%.

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  • Dividend Stocks 2014: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers payout

    Dividend stocks update: One of the many advantages of dividend-paying stocks is that they provide investors with consistent income.

    Wharton School professor and famous investment book author Jeremy Siegel has found that up until the early 1990s, roughly three-quarters of the real return from the stock market came from dividends, compared to just one quarter from capital gains.

    Here are 25 dividend stocks that just boosted their payouts.
  • Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield-Hungry Investors payout

    Dividend stocks update: Although the markets finally closed in positive territory late last week, overall they're off to a rocky start this year.

    On Feb. 3 the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 7.5% below its all-time high, and on Feb. 5 the Standard & Poor's 500 Index slumped 6.1% below its record close.

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  • LNG Dividend Stocks: 7% Yield in a Soaring Market LNG p>In recent years, liquefied natural gas (LNG) stocks have outperformed the markets by a wide margin.

    LNG companies like Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG), Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI), and Golar LNG Ltd (Nasdaq: GLNG) gained 609%, 149%, and 139% from January 2011 through January 2013, respectively.

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  • Dividend Stocks: 30 New Payout Increases for Yield Seekers Big payout 2

    Savvy investors know that it pays to hold dividend stocks, as they tend to perform better than non-dividend stocks in all kinds of markets.

    Data from Ned Davis Research shows that, over the past 36 years, dividend-paying stocks have outperformed the rest of the S&P 500 Index by 2.5% annually. And dividend stocks outpaced all non-dividend paying stocks by nearly 8% annually during this period.

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  • Dividend Stocks: 25 New Increases for Yield Seekers Big payout 2

    Dividend stocks update: Last week was painful for investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its steepest weekly slide since November 2011. And the broad-based Standard & Poor's 500 Index had its worst week since June 2012.

    But dividend stock investors are comforted knowing a steady stream of income from dividends helps soften the blow of falling stock prices.

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  • Dividend Stocks: 25 New and Noteworthy Increases for Yield Seekers payout

    Dividend stocks are off to a strong start in 2014. And with S&P 500 companies sitting on huge cash piles - $1.25 trillion for non-financial firms - companies can afford to sweeten payouts.

    This follows 2013's generous year in which cumulative dividend hikes amounted to a hefty $56.7 billion.

    This is great news for income-starved investors who continue to gravitate toward dividend-paying stocks, as money market funds yield a paltry 0.01%.

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  • Dividend Stocks: 15 Notable Increases in 2014

    Investors had a banner year in 2013 - especially those holding dividend stocks.

    For all of 2013, dividend increases totaled a hefty $56.7 billion. That's up from $50.2 billion in 2011.

    Among the 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks, 14 dividend-paying stocks boosted their payouts in 2013: AT&T Inc. (NTSE: T), The Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS), General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE), Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: MCD), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM), Nike Inc. (NYSE: NKE), Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), United Tech. Corp. (NYSE: UTX), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ), and Visa Inc. (NYSE: V).

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  • Dividend Stocks: Two Dozen Dividend Increases to Close Out 2013 payout

    Dividend stocks news: The U.S. stock market had its strongest performance last year since 1997, up just shy of 30% in 2013, as measured by the broad-based Standard & Poor's 500 Index.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average, up 26.5% and hitting 52 all-time highs, logged its best annual gain since 1995. And the Nasdaq soared some 38% and marked its best year since 2009.

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  • Dividend Stocks: These 20 Companies Just Boosted Their Payouts payout

    Dividend stocks update: Perhaps MasterCard Inc. (NYSE: MA) was feeling optimistic about holiday shopping last Tuesday when it raised its quarterly dividend 83%, or $0.50 a share, to $1.10.

    The world's No. 2 credit and debit card company also announced a 10-for-1 stock split and implemented a fresh $3.5 billion stock buyback program.

    The stock split will make MasterCard shares more affordable for the average investor, while the dividend increase and share repurchase make shares more attractive to yield- and value-hungry investors.

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  • Dividend Stocks: These 25 Companies Just Increased Their Payouts payout

    Dividend stocks update: For The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) shareholders, it was the happiest place on earth last week when the 90-year-old company announced its 58th consecutive dividend payment increase.

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  • Dividend Stocks: 25 Companies That Just Increased Their Payouts payout

    It's been a good year to own stocks, with markets hitting record highs. But investors holding dividend stocks have profited the most.

    Even better, if the market pulls back from those record highs, dividend stocks typically perform better during a correction than non-dividend paying stocks.

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  • These 25 Dividend Stocks Just Boosted Their Payouts payout

    More and more companies today seek to attract investors by offering dividend payouts - and yield-hungry investors love their dividend stocks.

    The Wall Street Journal noted on Nov. 18 that 51 of the top 100 Nasdaq stocks currently pay dividends. That's in stark contrast to December 1999, when a mere nine of the top 100 Nasdaq companies paid dividends.

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  • These Dividend-Paying Stocks Just Hiked Their Payouts Pocket money-001

    The top dividend-paying stocks offer more than high yield. They also steadily raise their dividends.

    Companies that continue to grow dividends are the "best compounders," Don Kilbride, portfolio manager of the Vanguard Dividend Growth Fund, told Barron's.

    With that in mind, check out the following list of high-yield dividend stocks that increased their payouts so far in November.

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